Mash potato with stinging nettle recipe.
Foraging for stinging nettles is a joy. An even better joy is collecting the nettles without getting stung. Which for me isn’t the case every time I get them. But a little sting from the nettle plants make the cooking process even better.
Collect stinging nettles from places where there’s less pollution, parks, hedges, forests, countryside. Try to stay away from areas where there’s a lot of dog walking, you don’t want those plants. Pick only the top of the plant, 4-6 leaves, try to get as little stem as possible. Also go for the young plants, they’re more tender.
- 200g stinging nettle
- 4-500g potatoes
- 1 onion
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 250ml milk
- 50ml oil
- 50g butter
- salt&pepper to taste
Prepare the stinging nettles by washing them and then boil for 10 minutes just in water. Drain well and chop quite small by hand. Also peel and cut the potatoes into cubes, boil until tender and drain.
Heat the oil in a pan, fry the onions and the garlic, finely chopped until golden, a few minutes. Add the chopped stinging nettles to the pan, stir well, pour in the milk. Bring to boil and simmer for just a couple of minutes.
Mash the boiled potatoes, add in half the butter. Now mix together with the stinging nettle mixture, stirring very well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. The resulting texture should be that of mash potato, should it need it, add more milk to loosen it.
I served this mash potato with stinging nettle as a side dish next to pork patties made with wild garlic and hot sauce, and home made pickles.